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Katy ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy StadiumKaty ISD Dedication Ceremony for Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium2017-08-18T14:40:02Z<div class="ExternalClass1F51D4C889B14495ABC62A125498A138"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">After nearly two years of construction, Katy ISD welcomed parents, students, staff and community members to Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Special performances by all eight high school bands and choir directors resonated across the facility where countless attendees came to take part in a historical moment, not just for Katy ISD, but for the entire Katy community.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Legacy Stadium was approved by voters as part of the 2014 bond to provide Katy ISD students and its community with a state of the art multipurpose second stadium.  The stadium will benefit the 77,000+ students currently enrolled in the District, as well as their families and other residents.  It was part of a zero tax rate increase bond and will serve as an athletic and fine arts venue for Katy ISD schools.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is anticipated that events such as football, soccer, marching band contests, concerts, youth football games, lacrosse, rugby, college football summer camps, parent group meetings, banquets, movie nights, and other community celebrations will take place at the stadium.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The name, Legacy Stadium, was announced by a community led naming committee who selected the name to pay homage to the District's history of excellence and tradition.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/lt6o3uun714uj78/IMG_6730.jpg?dl=0">Photos of Mike Johnston Field and Legacy Stadium</a></p></div>
Katy ISD Students Receive Awards at the Houston World Series Dog Show Art CompetitionKaty ISD Students Receive Awards at the Houston World Series Dog Show Art Competition2017-07-26T19:59:33Z<div class="ExternalClass55065FC81B034C09AF64C25CAD6F857A"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">A total of 117 Katy ISD students, from 17 campuses, participated in the Houston World Series Dog Show Art Competition held at NRG Center.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The Dr. Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibit & Contest has been an iconic part of the dog show since the early 1980's.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">It recognizes student involvement in honoring man's best friend, the dog.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Since the art show's inception, it has grown to nearly 1,000 entries.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This year, several Katy ISD students won in the top honor categories, which include:</span><br></p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best of Show</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>1.  Jenna Seo, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Taylor High School<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola  </p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Grade Awards</strong></span><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong> </strong></span>1.  Kalina Gotowala, second-grader at Winborn Elementary<br>      Art teacher:  Mr. Clinton Orsak<br> 2.  Shai Guerrero, sixth-grader at Morton Ranch Junior High<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Malvina Castillo<br> 3.  Yunju Lee, eight-grader at Tays Junior High<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Kendra Vreeland<br> 4. Kevina Seo, ninth-grader at Taylor High School<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 5.  Jenna Seo, 10<sup>th </sup>grader at Taylor High School<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Best in Committee Choice Awards</strong></span><br> 1. Riley Capps, Kindergartener at Davidson Elementary<br>      Art teacher:  Ms. Rachel Fortenberry<br> 2.  Charles Jang, eighth-grader at McMeans Junior High<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Casi Corbin<br> 3.  Michelle Li, ninth-grader at Taylor High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 4.  Nahyun Kim, ninth-grader at Taylor High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 5.  Andrea Liu, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Seven Lakes High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Lisa Matschek<br> 6.  Ruofan Zhang, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Seven Lakes High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Madelene Buzan<br> 7.  Yvonne Kim, 10<sup>th</sup> grader at Taylor High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Nancy Viola<br> 8.  Eujen Lee, 12<sup>th</sup> grader at Cinco Ranch High School<br>       Art teacher:  Ms. Cindy Reilly<br> Top award winners and their art teachers were invited to participate in a very special awards ceremony.  All Katy ISD artwork will be on display at the Katy ISD Education Support Complex, 6301 S. Stadium Lane, from August 28 through October 13, during regular business hours.</p><p>Link to Student Artwork:<br> <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qdvv6xd5urlc4gk/AAC8Nrs1t-mazi3wPmepfunva?dl=0">https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qdvv6xd5urlc4gk/AAC8Nrs1t-mazi3wPmepfunva?dl=0</a>​<br></p><p><br></p><p></p></div>
Morton Ranch High School Students Compete in National STAR EventMorton Ranch High School Students Compete in National STAR Event2017-07-26T19:01:03Z<div class="ExternalClassF940409149BE44B1A9639394BE8BA730"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Morton Ranch High School 11</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">th</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> grader Kyle Triplett and ninth-grader Michael Hurley received gold medals in the </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Students Taking Action with Recognition</em><span style="text-align:justify;"> (STAR) Competition at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers and guests from across the country, including the MRHS FCCLA organization, benefited from leadership and program training, national speakers and the possibility to explore several colleges and careers.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">FCCLA offers over 30 STAR events during the conference, which include early childhood education, job interviewing and sports nutrition, among others.  This year, Kyle and Michael were among over 4,200 STAR event participants.  They competed in the <em>Promote and Publicize</em> category and their project focused on showcasing all of the benefits FCCLA offers in our community such as community service activities that the Chapter's 124 members participated in.  Chapter members mentored elementary reading students, promoted breast cancer awareness, organized food drives, purchased Christmas gifts for needy children, encouraged physical activity among the family and participated in programs to promote cultural awareness and acceptance.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">Congratulations to both Kyle and Michael who represented their school and the District well during this year's leadership conference!</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/072617_MRHS_FCCLA%20Pic%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="072617_MRHS_FCCLA Pic - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Picture attribution:</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Kyle Triplett</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Michael Hurley</p><p style="text-align:center;"><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"> <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/072617_MRHS_FCCLA%20Pic%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="072617_MRHS_FCCLA Pic 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Michael Hurley</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Kyle Triplett</p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/072617_MRHS_FCCLA%20Pic%203%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="072617_MRHS_FCCLA Pic 3 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:center;">(Left):  Michael Hurley</p><p style="text-align:center;">(Right):  Kyle Triplett</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for McRoberts ElementaryKaty ISD Announces New Principal for McRoberts Elementary2017-07-20T12:45:18Z<div class="ExternalClass02DD6071A5D64A448DA9741D65CEEAA3"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to announce </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Rahsan Smith</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> as the new principal for McRoberts Elementary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mr. Smith has worked in the field of education for 17 years.  He began his career with Houston ISD in 2001 as an elementary teacher, serving as a literary specialist and intermediate classroom teacher at JFK Elementary.  He also worked with Pre-K students at Gabriela Mistral early Childhood Center and as a student behavior specialist at Fondren Middle School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">He came to Katy in 2012 and served as an assistant principal at Mayde Creek Junior High, a principal for Katy Summer Academic Term in 2016 and 2017 and before moving to McRoberts Elementary, he was an assistant principal at Seven Lakes High School.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"To become the principal of McRoberts Elementary is truly an honor," says Principal Smith. "It is a reflection of the Katy community.  A community that is built on integrity, honor, kindness, relationships and success.  As the new principal of McRoberts Elementary, one of my main goals will be to establish a rapport with each and every one of my students and help them to reach their highest potential.  Go Dolphins!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Rahsan%20Smith%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Rahsan Smith - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Announces New Principal for Memorial Parkway ElementaryKaty ISD Announces New Principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary2017-07-20T12:37:36Z<div class="ExternalClass2EBAA2BE345B42F1AF7EDFFDD8F2BB47"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD is pleased to welcome </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Doreen Martinez</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> as the new principal for Memorial Parkway Elementary.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr. Martinez has worked in the field of education for 28 years.  She began her educational career in 1989 as a teacher in Pasadena ISD.  She has also work in Angleton ISD, Clear Creek ISD and as a grant/technology coordinator in Royal ISD.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">She came to Katy ISD in 2001, where she served as an instructional technology facilitator, technology training supervisor, Parent & Patron Center Coordinator and then as an assistant principal at Morton Ranch Junior High.  In 2015, Dr. Martinez returned to Angleton ISD as Principal of Angleton Junior High.  However, it's the District's pleasure to have her back home at Katy ISD where she will lead the Memorial Parkway Elementary family.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Coming back to Katy ISD is such a proud honor and a dream come true," says Principal Martinez. "My goal is to work to build trust, establish relationships and create a positive environment where our Panthers can excel and achieve their dreams.  Working together as a team we will be 'the best school in the land!'"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Congratulations!​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071117_Doreen%20Martinez%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071117_Doreen Martinez - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
2017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Board2017 Bond Recommendation Presented to the Katy ISD Board2017-07-30T19:38:58Z<div class="ExternalClass543A4EAD4D7F41EE9784F72BFE136307"><div class="ExternalClassECD570E404FD486085BB3622C9C5F5AC" style="text-align:left;"><p><span>During the monthly Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting the 2017 Community Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC) Chairman presented the Committee's $609.2 MM recommended bond package which addresses rapid growth and the near-term needs of the district.</span><br></p><p>Since early April, Committee members have attended numerous meetings as well as received and assessed extensive and detailed information in order to develop a bond package.  Members agreed on a final bond package which includes funds for six new schools, renovations and expansions at existing facilities, enhanced student technology, safety and security upgrades among other items.  The Committee's bond package also ensures a zero tax rate increase.  </p><p>Student enrollment has grown by approximately 2,800 students per year in Katy ISD.  The district currently has an enrollment of more than 76,000 students.  According to the district's demographer, Population and Survey Analysts (PASA), by 2023 nearly 90,000 students will attend Katy ISD schools and over 98,000 students will call the district their home by 2026.  </p><p>For more information on the 2017 recommended bond package please visit:</p><p> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage"><strong>http://tinyurl.com/katyisdbondpackage</strong></a></p><p><br> </p></div></div>
Katy ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the YearKaty ISD Teachers Named Finalists for Region 4 Teacher of the Year2017-07-17T19:53:39Z<div class="ExternalClass178C2EC09E2C4AA9930111BD6CE2DE3C"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD's 2017 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish </strong><span style="text-align:justify;">and Secondary Teacher of the Year </span><strong style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen</strong><span style="text-align:justify;"> have been selected as finalists in the Region 4 Teacher of the Year program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Parrish is a fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary where she teaches reading, writing and social studies.  Since 2013, Ms. Parrish has also been the fifth grade team Curriculum and Instruction Leader.  She's a dedicated teacher that inspires her students to make an impact in the world.  She does this by teaching them to be critical readers and writers, and deep thinkers who are compassionate.  Her philosophy surrounds the ideal that "there is no program, no app, no curriculum that can replace the tremendous power and essence of an effective and passionate teacher in the life of a student."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Ms. Nguyen teaches 10<sup>th </sup>- 12<sup>th</sup> grade students in the area of Principles of Health Science, Health Science Technology and Clinical Rotations at Taylor High School.  As a teacher, she creates an environment where curiosity is cultivated, learning is collaborative and students develop skills to be successful in every endeavor.  Her philosophy is one of adaptability and emphasis on the importance of a moral compass.  Ms. Nguyen also initiated the Katy Students Run program at her school to create another platform in order for her to mentor and teach the necessary skills to be successful in life.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Region 4 Teachers of the Year event is part of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Texas Teacher of the Year program and is the initial step into the National Teacher of the Year selection process.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Best of luck to both Katy ISD teachers!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Kristal%20Parrish.jpg" alt="Kristal Parrish.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Kristal Parrish - Fifth grade teacher at WoodCreek Elementary</p><p style="text-align:justify;">  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/Phuong%20Nguyen.jpg" alt="Phuong Nguyen.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Phuong Nguyen - 10-12th grade teacher at Taylor High School</p></div>
Katy ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing MedalsKaty ISD Students Travel to Carnegie Hall to Accept National Scholastic Art & Writing Medals2017-07-12T13:57:36Z<div class="ExternalClassF83B3C315623430AA20090E6F578DFC0"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Four Katy ISD students recently traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York City to be honored with the Gold Key Metals from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Akhil Thadani from Seven Lakes High School, Connie Lau, Asma Mashal and Fatemeh Ebrahimi from Taylor High School were among 25 of the best artists and writers who were recognized.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">More than 330,000 entries were submitted and in total, 59 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were received by students from Katy ISD and other neighboring school districts as well as private schools in Harris County.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It's amazing what happens when you mix extraordinary talent with the resources, leadership and support our district offers," stated Lisa Matschek, art teacher for Seven Lakes High School. "To share in the experience of recognizing students at a national level, in the top one percent, was really special.  Katy ISD was well represented with five gold national winners in New York City." </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"It truly was a life changing experience for our students," adds Ashley Niemi, art teacher for Taylor High School. "At the ceremony the key note speaker talked about how his scholastic award was the kick start to him believing he could live a creative life!  It was truly an inspirational recognition for us all!"</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Scholastic Art & Writing Awards recognizes the vision, ingenuity and talent of students and provides opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated.  Harris County Department of Education serves as the regional sponsor of this prestigious national program and hosts yearly judging and awards ceremonies for thousands of writing and art entries.  For more information visit <a href="http://www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic">www.hcde-texas.org/scholastic</a> .</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%201%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 1 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />  <img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/071217_Scholastic%20Art%20Writing%20Medals%202%20-%20smaller.jpg" alt="071217_Scholastic Art Writing Medals 2 - smaller.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>

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